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Police Teach School Shooting Safety Method to Marysville Teachers

MARYSVILLE (Ken Hines) -- Teachers became students on Friday as police and sheriff's deputies provided instruction on how to best protect children from a school gunman.

Marysville teachers were instructed on the A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lock Down, Inform, Counter, Evaluate) method, which stresses the importance of escape during school shooting events.

Marysville administrators decided to change their safety procedure after December's deadly shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

"In the past, it had always been kind of standard that you locked your door, you shut off your lights, you took your students to a corner," teacher Tina Garrison said. "You're just waiting. You're at the mercy of whoever is coming in."

Among the information provided to attendees during the class were tips on how to delay shooters by barricading doors in order to allow children to escape.

Authorities hope to eventually teach the A.L.I.C.E. method to approximately 700 teachers throughout Union County.
 
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